SONiC – Sounds of a New Century – a brand new festival of 21st century music, took over New York from Friday, October 14 through Saturday, October 22, 2011. SONiC is a production of American Composers Orchestra and The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. SONiC and UrbanRemix partnered to explore, develop, and express the acoustic identity of New York.
SONiC audiences were invited to record sounds of the city, sounds of what new music means to them, sounds of their life as a new music fan or sounds from SONiC events themselves. We also conducted workshops with students from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis high school in New York.
Electronic musicians Sam Pluta and Jeff Snyder (exclusiveOr) presented a live performance based on the sounds recorded on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10 p.m. at Roulette. Details at sonicfestival.org.
Here is a video of their performance: http://vimeo.com/31087742.
UrbanRemix is a collaborative and locative sound project. Our goal in developing UrbanRemix was to design a platform and series of public workshops that would enable participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of their communities, and enable users of the website to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city in a novel fashion.
The UrbanRemix platform consists of a mobile phone system and web interface for recording, browsing, and mixing audio. It allows users to document and explore the obvious, neglected, private or public, even secret sounds of the urban environment. Participants in the UrbanRemix workshops become active creators of shared soundscapes as they search the city for interesting sound cues. The collected sounds, voices, and noises provide the original tracks for musical remixes that reflect the specific nature and acoustic identity of the community.
The project draws upon long-standing aesthetic practices that bring real-world sounds into electronic works, such as musique concréte, acoustic ecology, and the chance approaches of John Cage, as well as practices in public art and relational aesthetics that structure new forms of engagement and collaboration between artists, designers and citizens. Its innovative contribution is in the combination of these aesthetic approaches with current technological trends in location-aware mobile applications and in digital performance and interactive art.
The project was conceived of and is directed by Jason Freeman, Michael Nitsche, and Carl Disalvo, who are professors at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia. It is made possible by the invaluable work of numerous students and designers, and supported in part by the Music Technology program, the Digital Media program, and the GVU center at Georgia Tech.
From 2009-2013, the UrbanRemix project mounted events in collaboration with the Atlanta Beltline "Art on the Beltline" project, the City Centered festival and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, the Atlanta Public Schools and Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, and the Times Square Arts Alliance in New York, among others. The UrbanRemix platform was retired in 2014.
Project web site: http://urbanremix.gatech.edu
Explanatory video: http://vimeo.com/18934954
Jason Freeman: http://www.jasonfreeman.net
Michael Nitsche: http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/~cdisalvo3/
Carl DiSalvo: http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/~nitsche/
Akito Van Troyer
GVU Center at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech Foundation
UrbanRemix sounds and images are licensed under a Creative Commons Sampling Plus license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sampling+/1.0/). Please reference the Urban Remix web site (http://urbanremix.gatech.edu) in any works which incorporate content from this site.